Not That Parable of Talents
I get to work with some phenomenally impressive people.
Time after time I am amazed by the intelligence, insight, dedication, and accomplishments of charity leaders; truly some unsung heroes. In many cases they are people with rare and remarkable talents, who have then honed their craft through years of experience to be truly exceptional in their fields.
But it’s not really the technical mastery that impresses me most. My favourites among the leaders I work with are those who remain curious, trying new things personally and professionally. Those who take up new hobbies, join unusual clubs, or take on challenges outside their comfort zone just for the sheer fun of it.
This story about Kurt Vonnegut rings very true:
In the long run healthy leaders are usually those who have interests outside their expertise and who don’t need to be great at everything to enjoy themselves. Interesting people.
I often share the phrase ‘Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly” as a reminder to myself and others that the important things in life are rarely east from the beginning. We need to be willing to do things at which we aren’t particularly talented alongside our areas of uncommon skill. Sometimes it leads to discovery of an untapped excellence, but often it may simply be a pleasant curiosity that gives us some perspective and fun.
What are you doing that isn’t an area of particular talent?